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How to license a transport innovation

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  • John Heywood

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  • Zheng Wang

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This paper identifies the optimal method to license an innovation that reduces transport cost in a duopoly model of spatial price discrimination. An inside innovator finds licensing by a distance fee more profitable than by a fixed fee, an ad valorem royalty or a per unit royalty. Moreover, the social welfare associated with distance fee licensing is larger than that associated with not licensing. In contrast, an outside innovator never finds licensing by a distance fee the most profitable choice. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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  • John Heywood & Zheng Wang, 2015. "How to license a transport innovation," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 55(2), pages 485-500, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:55:y:2015:i:2:p:485-500
    DOI: 10.1007/s00168-015-0710-0
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    L13; R30;

    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General

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